Class of 1953 celebrates 60th class reunion
Twenty former Centralia College students, some now in their late 70s and early 80s, toured the college campus recently, here to celebrate their 60th class reunion.
While some former students live locally, others traveled from across the state to attend, many hadn’t seen the campus since they were students, said Director of Donor and Alumni Relations Julie Johnson.
“Hearing the memories of our alumni on such notables as Rufus Kiser, Minnie Lingreen, and Arthur Ehret, and hearing their excitement in their voices as they walked through the halls of our new facilities was touching,” Johnson said. “The value and impact of the education they received while at Centralia College just fills me with pride.”
One such student and reunion organizer Dan Gallagher was impressed by the staff of the college and how much had changed since he attended.
“The college has grown so much over the years that I didn’t even recognize it, I’m truly impressed,” said Gallagher. “The college has so much more to offer than when we were students, it’s amazing.”
In addition to the tour, the group reminisced about their college years over dinner at McMenamins and toured The Fox Theatre to see the progress on its renovations.
“I feel like I grew up with the college, and I’m very proud to have been a part it,” said 1953 graduate Jean (Hilts) Bluhm. “I was amazed at how the campus has moved into the new age in buildings and curriculum.”